Yukari Takai is establishing herself as an expert on the history of migration and demographic change. Her most recent study of migratory patterns into and throughout the Quebec/New England region in the 19th and 20th centuries offers a new framework for examining the immigrant experience. She has studied and taught in Canada and Japan, and as a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University in New York City.
Her current research concerns Asian transborder migration along the Canadian and Mexican Border during the Period of Exclusion (1882-1943), and gender, work and migration (Asians and French Canadians in the Twentieth Century).
She was a contributor to Migrants and Migration in Modern North America: Cross-Border Lives, Labor Markets, and Politics (eds. D. Hoerder and N. Faires, Duke University Press, 2011) and is the author of Gendered Passages: French-Canadian Migration to Lowell, Massachusetts, 1900-1920 (Peter Lang, 2008).
Takai, Yukari. 2011. “Negotiating the Transpacific Passages: Japanese Migrants, Steamship Companies, and State Regulators in Early-Twentieth-Century Pacific Northwest.” The Journal of American Ethnic History 30(3): 7-34.
Takai, Yaukari. 2015. “Bridging the Pacific: Diplomacy and Migration Control of Japanese Migration via Hawai‘i, 1890-1910.” In Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada, edited by Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund, 141-161. Gainsville, Florida: University Press of Florida.
Takai, Yukari. 2008. Gendered Passages: French-Canadian Migration to Lowell, Massachusetts, 1900-1920. New York: Peter Lang.
Takai, Yukari. 2009). “Asian Migrants, Exclusionary Laws, and Transborder Migration in North America, 1880-1940.” Organization of American Historians Magazine of History 23: 35-42.
Takai, Yukari. 2009. « ‘C’était beaucoup de travail.’ Le travail non rémunéré des Canadiennes-Françaises de Lowell (Massachussetts) au vingtième siècle. » Genre et travail migrant, Actes de l'histoire de l'immigration 9.
Keywords: Migration history; women and gender, ethnicity and race; Asian diasporas; North American borders and borderlands; domestic workers, caregivers and health professionals